Kenny Roberts Creates Indy-Miler-Inspired Yamaha XSR700 For True American Heroes Benefit

Yamaha XSR700 motorcycle into a custom Here’s the artist rendition of the bike that closely resembles Kenny Roberts’ famous Yamaha TZ750. flat-tracker

Three-time 500cc Grand Prix World Champion and motorcycle racing legend Kenny Roberts has always had a flair for the dramatic. In one of the latest manifestations of his unmistakable style, Roberts and his expert crew are transforming a Yamaha XSR700 motorcycle into a custom bike that closely resembles Kenny’s famous TZ750 flat-tracker, the iconic racebike on which KR famously won the 1975 Indy Mile.

The KR-Customized Yamaha XSR700 will be the showcase item up for bids at the True American Heroes Benefit Auction, which takes place on Saturday night, May 5, immediately following the Seventh Annual True American Heroes Benefit Dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Along with the one-of-a kind, KR-Customized Yamaha XSR700 up for bids, the Auction will also include Team Roberts memorabilia, other signed racing-related items, bronze statues, paintings, and other motorsports merchandise.

The True American Heroes Benefit Dinner and Benefit Auction are part of the Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend–a fundraising event that benefits “Welcome Home Heroes” and the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation. This year’s Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend will be held in conjunction with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on the weekend of May 5-6, 2018.

Wayne Rainey, president of MotoAmerica, commented, “I wish we could attend this year’s True American Heroes Weekend, but Chuck (Aksland) and I will be at VIRginia International Raceway for the MotoAmerica race event that same weekend. I’ve attended a couple of the weekends when Kenny has had them at his Ranch, and they were a lot of fun. This year, I’m pleased that my close friend Gordon McCall at the Quail will be hosting the event. The Quail is a great location, just up the street from my home in Carmel. The True American Heroes Weekend is definitely one of my favorite events, and Welcome Home Heroes is a great organization. The sacrifices that Corporal Michael D. Anderson, Jr., and so many other soldiers have made in defense of our freedom are awe-inspiring. There is nothing more important than our freedom as Americans.”

Chuck Aksland, Chief Operating Officer of MotoAmerica added, “I’ve known Kenny pretty much my whole life, and I’ve had the privilege of being involved with a lot of very unique things that he’s done. The True American Heroes Weekend is a terrific event, and I know Kenny will put on a good show as he always does. All of us at MotoAmerica are big supporters of Welcome Home Heroes, and we wish Kenny and everyone a great weekend.”

Sponsors for the Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend are Cycle Gear, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Motion Pro, Saddlemen Motorcycle Seats and Components, PJ1 Brands, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Roberts, who was honored at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering as a “Legend of the Sport,” will be joined at the True American Heroes Benefit Dinner and Benefit Auction by Special Guests that include four-time Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Eddie Lawson, Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Kenny Roberts Junior, four-time AMA National Champion Bubba Shobert, AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill, 2013 Pikes Peak Champion Carlin Dunne, former AMA Superbike standout Thad Wolff, and international motorcycle racer and CoverGirl Shelina Moreda.

Seating for the True American Heroes Benefit Dinner is very limited, and tickets are $400 per person, $600 per couple, or $3,000 for a table of 10 people. To attend, call Michael Utt at 209-765-9317 or send an email to

The official hotel for the Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend is Los Laureles Lodge at 313 West Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley Village. Call 831-659-2233 for reservations, and be sure to ask about special discount rates during the True American Heroes Weekend.

14th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. May Day Memorial Ride

As a follow-up to the True American Heroes Benefit Dinner and Benefit Auction, the 14th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. May Day Memorial Ride will be held the next day on Sunday, May 6. The Ride will begin in the parking lot of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

Kickstands go up at 8 a.m., and Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Kenny Roberts Junior, Bubba Shobert, Mert Lawwill, Carlin Dunne, and Thad Wolff will lead the Ride through and around the picturesque Monterey Peninsula where it will conclude at Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum in Carmel Valley. Lunch will be provided at the Museum, and there will be a special Salute to Peacemakers, Peacekeepers and Protectors.

Admission to the 14th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. May Day Memorial Ride is included with your ticket to the True American Heroes Dinner, or $50 if you only want to participate in the Ride. Hundreds of Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen are expected to attend. To join the Ride, call Michael Utt at 209-765-9317 or send an email to